Elon Musk has dramatically ‘switched souls’ with a small museum in Reading.
The billionaire has been acting rather strangely on Twitter, before reaching peak oddness, swapping his profile image for a picture of a sheep and voluntarily describing himself as an ‘absolūt unit’.
‘I’m just a simple sheep/ram,’ he wrote.
‘My Twitter is pretty much complete nonsense at this point,’ Elon then admitted.
So what on Earth is going on?
Switched souls with The Museum of English Rural Lofe https://t.co/X41ZWc9sip
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 19, 2019
The weirdness began when Elon swapped his profile pic for an image of a ram which went viral last year after being tweeted by the Museum of English Rural Life along with the words: ‘Look at this absolute unit.’
The institution then changed its name to ‘The Muskeum of Elonglish Rural Life’ and chose a picture of Musk as its own avatar.
‘Two can play at this game,’ it wrote.
Elon Musk has revealed that a ‘joke’ got him suspended from Twitter.
Last October, the billionaire told more than 24 million followers that his account was locked because the social network ‘thought I got hacked’.
Now Musk has revealed further details of why he was temporarily booted off Twitter.
Yesterday, he spoke to analysts from ARK Invest during a half hour podcast which discussed ‘the future of Tesla and autonomous driving’.
At the end of the chat, talk turned to cryptocurrencies.
Scammers infamously set up several fake social media accounts in Elon’s name which promised to hand out free Ethereum but were actually designed to steal victims’ personal information.
‘Bitcoin and Ethereum scammers were so rampant on Twitter that I thought I’d just join in,’ he said on the podcast.
However, this proved to be a bit of a mistake, because a tongue in cheek tweet which mimicked these con artists was accidentally flagged up by Twitter as breaking its terms of service.
‘I said at one point: “Want to buy some Bitcoin?”
‘My account got suspended because of some automatic rule against selling Bitcoin or something.
‘I was just joking.’
Later in the interview, Musk also appeared to laugh and joke about Bitcoin being used to buy ‘coke’.
The interviewer said Bitcoin was not mainstream yet because we don’t use it to purchase coffee and Coca-Cola, which prompted a mumbled reply from Musk which seemed humorous in nature.
Cryptocurrencies are certainly used for buying cocaine, with dark web markets running a roaring trade in all sorts of drugs purchased using Bitcoin or other digital denominations.
In the podcast, Musk went on to praise cryptocurrencies as well as sounding the alarm about the energy required to ‘mine’ them.
‘The Bitcoin structure is quite brilliant and it seems there is some merit to Ethereum as well,’ he added.
‘I’m not sure that it’s a good use of Tesla resources to get involved in crypto.
‘We’re really trying to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy and I think one of the downsides of crypto is that, computationally, it’s quite energy intensive.’
Musk seemed confident about the future of Bitcoin and other forms of virtual cash.
‘Paper money is going away and crypto is a far better way to transfer value than pieces of paper, that’s for sure,’ he added.